The 2020 Olympic Games had many magical moments, they provided the billions of viewers in front of the TV sets with new idols, new heroes and new popular figures.
The Tokyo Games also caused tears, disappointments and frustration. For many athletes and officials, however, the games also ended in frustration.
BILD names the real winners and losers.
Kevin Durant (32)
The two-time NBA champion gave the US team shine! While LeBron James, Stephen Curry & Co. canceled, Durant went to the court for his country and his sport. The star of the Brooklyn Nets, who earned around 255 million euros in his career, could have made it easy for himself and canceled. But Durant created wow effects, secured his 3rd gold, the record of points at the Olympics (435). And by the way, a contract extension until 2026 for around 168 million euros.
Alexander Zverev (24)
As the first German tennis player with Olympic gold in singles, the Hamburger has broken away from the Russian image. He didn’t complain about the situation in the Olympic Village, he let actions speak on the square. Again and again he emphasized how much he enjoys the Olympics and how proud it makes him to win for the whole country and not just for the tennis fans. That was taken from him. A great image gain for the Olympic champion.
Simone Biles (24)
After jumping in the all-around team final, she could have simply cited an ankle injury as the reason for her abandonment, everyone would have believed her. But then the super star of the gymnastics scene revealed psychological problems. Open, honest and encouraging for people in a similar situation. Biles took several days off to do gymnastics again at the end and win bronze on the beam. Not only America lies at Biles’ feet for her courage to tell the truth about herself.
Ricarda Funk (29)
Before Rio 2016 Ricarda Funk (29) was Germany’s strongest canoe slalom driver, but she failed in the qualification. In addition, her trainer Stefan Henze died in a car accident during the games in Brazil. Ricarda struck back in Tokyo and won the first gold for Germany.
Gianmarco Tamberi (29)
Nobody in Tokyo was as happy about gold as high jumper Gianmarco Tamberi (29)! The Italian, who agreed on a historic double Olympic victory with his friend Essa Barshim (30), turned the longest lap of honor in the stadium despite the empty ranks, hugging everyone who got in his way. When he saw his father during an interview, there was no stopping him. Tamberi jumped over all the barriers and fell crying into his father’s arms.
Raven Saunders (25)
A twerking female shot putter with a creepy Hulk mask has never been seen at the Olympics! But there was more to the show by Raven Saunders (25). The American used the silver medal to show her solidarity to oppressed people on the podium with an “X-gesture”. Saunders is the most queer ambassador for Olympia, is a public advocate for the LGBTQ movement, “PoC” (People of Color) and people with mental health problems.
Lisa Carrington (31)
The New Zealander won gold three times in a kayak over 500 meters. The special thing about it: On the first day of the final, she won the two. After the awards ceremony, Carrington got into the single and was again the first to cross the finish line. And all in just 70 minutes. Three days later she also won in a foursome.
Alica Schmidt (22)
In terms of sport, things could and should have gone better for Alica Schmidt in Tokyo. She didn’t make it into the 4 x 400 meter relay. In return, the “most beautiful athlete in the world” (“The Sun”, “Maxim”) can look forward to a large increase in followers on Instagram. Before the games it was 1.89 million, thanks to the Olympics it is now 2.47 million. Clear influencer gold for Alica!
Patrick Moster (54)
“Get the camel driver”, cheered the BDR sports director Nikias Arndt (29) during the time trial. A racism scandal that resulted in the premature return home and the ban until the end of the year by the world association UCI. After a warning, his functions are currently suspended in the BDR. How things will go on with Moster will be discussed after the Olympics.
Novak Djokovic (34)
The Serb was considered unbeatable at major tournaments in 2021. He won the three previous Grand Slams and was on the way to the Golden Slam (all four Grand Slam tournaments plus the Olympics). So far, only Steffi Graf has succeeded. The No. 1 in the world then surprisingly lost to Alexander Zverev. In the bronze game against Pablo Carreno Busta there was the next setback: bankruptcy and freaking out. He also missed the medal in mixed with Nina Stojanovic.
Max Kruse (33)
Before the start of the Olympics, Union star Max Kruse (33) already spoke of gold and said how hot he was about the tournament. Embarrassing: Germany didn’t even survive the group stage. Kruse didn’t score a goal, stayed pale. Kruse was only good at saying taps. He caused a stir with his marriage proposal to girlfriend Dilara via TV. But the shot also backfired when fitness model Vanessa Mariposa unpacked about an affair in BILD.
Kim Raisner (48)
The horse drama in the modern pentathlon had consequences for national trainer Kim Raisner (48). Because she encouraged athlete Annika Schleu to use the whip (“Hit it right!”) And had hacked the shy horse “Saint Boy” from the gang herself, she was excluded from the Olympics with immediate effect. What their future looks like is still unclear.